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Bless All the Warm things in life: cashmere socks; fleecelined jackets and boots; steamy showers on cold mornings; flannel nightgowns; fire pits on freezing nights; hot tea with a lemon slice; chili with a fiery edge; Latin jazz; a warmed-up car; Sriracha sauce; the comforting weight of a comforter. Savor the chance to be chic in winter black, to lean into a North Face jacket during a cold north wind, to wear sexy boots instead of unisex flip-flops. Hang some rhinestone icicles on January and throw a party in her honor. Cover copy by Nikki Hardin, art by Aimee Sicuro

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Letter from the Editor................................................................ 6

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The United Skirts of America was founded on the blood, sweat and estrogen of our foremothers, who won us the freedom

From the Publisher

One

The

Issue

When I visited my friend Diane in D.C. in December, we took a long walk

to choose...to break

along the beautiful George Washington Memorial Parkway and spent

The Rules, to wear

the whole time lamenting about how we’ve made our lives too small.

combat boots or high

Maybe because we were raised not to get our hopes up, to be wary of too

cover Artist

heels, to run for office

much happiness because it might call down the gods’ wrath. Or maybe

Aimee Sicuro received a

or run a marathon,

we thought we weren’t capable or deserving of a bigger life. So over the

to form our own

years, we’ve settled for less. Whenever she and her husband visit me or I

BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. After experience working as a line

rock groups instead

designer for American Greet-

of being groupies, to

ings and a Flash animator for a once-budding dot-com in San

shatter Glass Ceilings

Francisco, she packed her

and Glass Slippers, to

portfolio and headed to New

shoot hoops instead

York. Inspired by circumstance

visit them, Diane and I always go to a coffee shop one morning and write in our journals. This time we decided to make lists of things we could do, learn, buy, explore or make that would nudge us to gradually push our boundaries out of the predictable into the possible. My list includes: getting another tattoo on a visit to a place that has deep meaning for me; going to language school in Paris; creating a new website I have tickling

of settling for hoop

the back of my brain; planning solo weekend trips in new cities where I’ll

spective, she took a job as a

skirts. The ones who

be forced to talk to strangers; writing 100 one-page mini-essays this year;

project manager and illustra-

came before us made

knocking down the wall between two rooms to make one big bedroom/

it possible for our

sitting room; going to Big Sur for the first time; and making more linoleum

spent three years learning the

daughters to dream

block prints (I’ve already bought the supplies). I might not do everything

business of art and the art of

bigger, to have the

on my list, but every time I look at it, I’ll remember I’ve given myself an

and in search of a new per-

tor at a design firm in Soho. At Slover and Company she

business. Currently, Aimee lives and works as a freelance illus-

chance to grow up to

trator in California where she

be President and turn

rediscovers life every day on

the Oval Office into

the vibrant streets of San Fran-

Rx for restarting my “one wild and precious life.”

Nikki

publisher@skirt.com

the Ovary Office. In

From the editor

Golden Gate Park or sketching

the United Skirts of

Miriam Atkins and Alice David talk to each other about everything from surgery to shopping. Hilary

at her favorite corner café, she

America, every day is

and Deborah Brooks see each other every day at work and still call each other family. As I talked

cisco. Whether she is running in

never fails to return home with oodles of good material for her art, and a renewed determina-

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to these women this month, I was struck with how lucky they were to have each other. For me, my lifelong best friend Caroline is “the one” that has been there for everything. From day camp in shortalls to living down the hall from each other in college, we have seen each other at our best and worst and could ghostwrite each others’ autobiographies. She knows my strengths and weaknesses, the people I will always fall for and the ones I can’t stand. This month, raise your glass to that special gal pal in your life. I’m sure she could guess what you ordered.

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FEEL GOOD JANUARY

Feel good about your jeans. Ann Smithwick and Kerry Peeples are two artists juggling their passions for family, artistic endeavors and work. Ann, a photographer, and Kerry, a painter, live in the raw, blues-filled and soulful city of Memphis, TN, and in 2009 started Thigh High Jeans (named for the high you get from wearing them) to decorate recycled jeans with bits of old printed fabrics and embroider the thighs with inspirational quotes from The Bible, Shakespeare, Gandhi, Emerson and others. Half the fun is being surprised by your quote when you receive the jeans. As a bonus, when you buy a pair, 50% of profit is donated to a local, national or global non-profit of your choice. Compassion for their city and the world is guiding these two businesswomen down an exciting path of environmentally responsible and creative giving.

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Single Woman Gets Fixed Up

A friend of mine introduced us. Well, that’s not entirely true, Sherry only mentioned him in an email and left it up to me. He was a good guy, she said, and why didn’t I give him a call? So I wrote down his contact info on a yellow Post-it note, filing it away for sometime, someday, perhaps. At this moment, I was too gun-shy to initiate anything with anyone. In fact, the last time I’d tried to connect via a friend’s referral, it turned out horribly; I ended up wishing I hadn’t. As a (mostly) single woman, I’ve learned it’s often prudent to just sit back and wait, treasuring an interlude before rushing heedlessly and hopefully into something new. But a day arrived several months ago when, exhausted by going it alone, I thought, “Why not?” Truthfully, there were a lot of reasons why not, a few of them named Ted, Dave, Marcus and Joe, each of whom had let me down in various ways over the past few years. Yet on this crisp winter morning I convinced myself that bravery is a becoming attribute. Not so hard, really: hold breath, dial, listen to his voicemail three times, leave message, hang up, freak out. Days later, when I’d almost put the call out of my mind, he left me a return message. After a few more nerve-racking exchanges, we agreed to meet in person. He offered to stop by Saturday morning, if that would work with my schedule. He was earning major bonus points already, sight unseen, just for assuming that I, too, had a busy life, something that never occurred to Ted, Dave, et al., who had shown up pretty much as they pleased. Our 9am get-together meant I’d have to be up early, but I was pleased with the idea, as if I was the person with whom he would most like to begin his day. On Saturday I took great pains to look attractively casual—jeans, sneakers, soft red sweatshirt, tiny gold earrings. Should I stay inside with my coffee? No, better to look energetic and productive. I hoisted a rake and went to work on a few remaining leaves in my yard, listening intently for a car (truck? motorcycle?) coming down the gravel road. I was shocked when he drove up exactly when he said he would, a feat so beyond the capabilities of Marcus, Ted and the others that I doubt it had once entered anyone’s head. He had an immaculate white pickup truck, muscular chest, and easy smile. I liked the way he took his time getting out, strolling purposefully up the walkway to greet me. He was neither dashing nor breathtakingly handsome, just towheaded and tall with piercing blue eyes. Nice-looking. After so many lapses in judgment, I had wondered if I’d be able to spot the Real Thing if I ever found it. Could this be he? He declined my offer of coffee, so we stood in my yard and talked. I felt myself relaxing in his quiet presence. He was curious about my current situation. When he asked questions, he listened intently to the answers and didn’t try to sell himself—I liked that too. By the time he strolled onto my porch to have a look around, I was more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Though it took a few more get-togethers for me to trust him completely, I had a suspicion that the noble, low-key Steven, of the pristine white truck and aquamarine eyes, just might turn out to be the man of my dreams. And he did. After 11 years of enduring Dave the flake, Marcus the secret alcoholic, Joe the invisible man, and Ted the pirate, I have finally met a competent, capable, honest contractor who doesn’t overcharge, comes when he says he will, and does a masterful job of resurrecting whatever has collapsed or broken, including my faith in mankind. Steven has fixed my front steps, my fence, my roof, my porch, and my spirits. He calls me by my first name. He has never hoisted up his tool belt and said, “Lady, I’m afraid you’re gonna need a whole new....roof/deck/yard/ life...and it ain’t gonna be cheap.” My Steven, Handiest of Handymen, works fast as lightning and always takes time to find out how my life is going. He doesn’t complain about his other jobs, his time, the weather, the economy, or women like me who’ve managed to neglect home maintenance so thoroughly. Somehow he makes me feel as if I’m the most charming and intelligent person he has ever met. Sherry, queen of fix-ups, asked about my love life last week. “Are you seeing anyone?” she said. “Yes and no,” I told her. How can I explain that romance pales next to the thrill of encountering a reliable man like Steven, hero of hearth, home and hot water heater reinforcement? Dates come and go, dinners are forgotten, Champagne goes flat and bouquets wilt. But a tall man with eyes the color of the ocean standing at my door with a power saw, an electric drill, and some 2 by 8s measured to fit—well, he’s the one-in-a-million guy I really want to see and talk to on a brisk winter’s morning. I think I hear him heading up our brand-new steps right now.

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planetnikki [ a visual journal ]

The past year has been like a grainy black-and-white movie, moody and melancholy and seemingly relentless in its duration. with the wings of my soul

Now that I’m emerging unfolding around me, I’m amazed

at how bright the colors look, at the variety of cloud formations that drift by so often, at the new people who have come into my life, at the stirrings of an urge to write again when for so long it has been hard and difficult and dreaded.

The way I feel

reminds me of lines from one of my favorite Dylan songs:

“Ah, but I was so much older then/I’m younger than that now.” I’ve always been fascinated by alchemy, and this book teaches you how to transform your inner world and thus the outer one as well. “As above, so below.”

My new Hunter Wellies make me wish for rainy days and mud or a horse stall to muck out. (I don’t want to ride a horse but just look the part. Shallowly yours.)

On constant replay: I never tire of listening to “Beloved,” my favorite song from the underrated album, Seastories, by actress Minnie Driver. (Can’t understand why Matt Damon dumped her!)

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is one of my favorite places in Charleston to find inspiration. This month brings an exhibit of Aggie Zed’s work.

Can’t wait to fill up this 100-page pad because once a page is completed, I can tear off the perforated quote on the bottom and put it on my mood board or tape it in my journal.

Nikki Hardin is the founder and publisher of skirt! magazine. She blogs at fridaville.com. 38  january/february

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